204 Alternate Reality Games: Gamification for Performance

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Wednesday, July 26


Immersive learning experiences can be a large leap for organizations, instructional designers, and trainers who are accustomed to traditional classroom and online training methods. It can be overwhelming to think about how to go from creating eLearning to developing complex virtual reality experiences. However, there are other immersive learning options to consider: alternate reality games (ARGs) and mixed reality. These solutions can bridge the gap between the way you currently develop content and new methods, providing you an incremental entry into immersive learning.

In this session, you’ll explore a variety of mixed media experiences that you can use to achieve immersive learning goals with any type of budget and timeline. You’ll play a 10-minute ARG, and you’ll plan your own mixed media experience. You will also discover options for player interactions, and technologies from Excel to Twitter to WordPress that can be used to coordinate and generate alternate reality game experiences.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to use ARGs for employee learning
  • About examples of ARGs that are already being used for this purpose
  • How to create player interactions in ARGs
  • How to identify opportunities for an ARG

Novice to intermediate designers, developers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:
WordPress, Conducttr, and Twine.

Andy Petroski

Sr. New Product Development Consultant

Harrisburg University of Science & Technology

Andy Petroski is a senior new product development consultant at Harrisburg University of Science & Technology, and an advanced instructional design, curriculum design, serious games, and emerging technologies leader. With 20 years of eLearning and online learning design and development experience, Andy has designed and developed technology-based learning experiences in education, corporate learning, multimedia production, and independent consulting environments. Andy has written articles and presented on various eLearning, educational technology, multimedia, and web topics at international, national, and regional events. He has also facilitated over 35 public webinars on educational technology, online learning, corporate learning, and emerging technology topics.

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